Novel “dry reforming” technology to produce syngas from methane and CO2
Gerald Schotman, Chief Technology Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc, said: “I’m pleased to see this major step forward to broaden our partnership with SARI-CAS in R&D and technology demonstration and deployment. This novel technology, once proven successful on a commercial scale, can be an alternative to the classical coal gasification process and create more market opportunities.”
Prof. Sun Yuhan, Vice President of SARI-CAS said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to once again partner with Shell in this joint project. With Lu’An as a new partner, I look forward to a fruitful joint demonstration of this new technology which can play a significant role in China’s future energy and chemicals landscape.”
Liu Bin, Deputy General Manager of Lu’An said: “We are very pleased to cooperate with Shell and SARI-CAS in the catalyst scale-up and engineering research for CO2-CH4 reforming to synthesis gas, and to carry out a demonstration plant of the technology at Lu’An Low Carbon Economy Zone. We anticipate that we can provide a new efficient route to large-scale production of synthesis gas through trilateral cooperation, contributing to the development of coal-based chemical industry.”
The new agreement follows a joint R&D programme run by Shell and the Institute of Coal Chemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICC-CAS) in 2008 to 2010. The researchers studied the conversion of syngas to higher alcohols, where they saw a mixture of CO2 and methane as side-products.
Using this new “dry reforming” catalyst, which applies nanotechnology, the joint research team recycled these side-products to re-produce syngas. The catalyst stays active for a prolonged period of time, becoming a commercially attractive way to increase the process’ carbon efficiency.
Under this three-party agreement, this technology will undergo a pilot test at a commercial site of Lu’An, before it could be made available to the market.
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